Also, I hate to even write this because maybe I am imagining it, but I believe the topapax I started taking for my migraines(you can read about that here, here, here, here, and here ) is making my boobs get bigger... because something is definitely going on there... and there is no other reason...
As far as taking the topamax goes, I am still on the 50 mg and still no major side effects. I skipped my Saturday dose because I didn't want to mix it with the alcohol and so last night resumed taking it. I am having way more memory issues today. I forgot how to draw a "$" sign. Also my coworker in the panama office decided that I need to be practicing my spanish so he is only instant messaging me en español. That is a strain on my little brain haha. The doctor told me if I missed a dose the side effects would be worse for awhile... the whole conversation was very confusing... it went basically like this:
Doc: Do you drink alcohol?
Me: Nope. Occasionally... like socially....
Doc: Good. You should avoid alcohol while on this medication.
Me: Okay! No problem! Er, what about special occasions?
Doc: Everyone always asks me that...
Me: Like, will I die if I have a few drinks?
Doc: *laughs* No no no, alcohol is a 'downer,' and so is the topamax, so you can become depressed.
Me: Okay, I can see how it would be bad to be a regular drinker, but it doesn't seem like one night would be bad. You're saying I could get a bit weepy?
Doc: Well, in extreme circumstances people have had suicidal thoughts
Me: Um, okay, I'll remember that...
Doc: Alcohol also cancels the effects of the medication and intensifies the side effects.
Me: So, if I do happen to have a drink or two should I skip my dose that day?
Doc: I can't recommend differing from taking the medication as prescribed...
Me: So take it anyways?
Doc: I can't recommend taking it with alcohol.
Me: Er, I'm starting to feel like a closet alcoholic begging you to okay my habit...
Doc: There are people you can talk to about that.
Me: Seriously. I don't drink. Only Socially. Like once a month. But I have a sister turning 21, and a friends turning 25 and we're going wine tasting. And I plan on drinking. Unless you specifically tell me not to. I don't do well with this "can't recommend" business.
Doc: You want me to recommend that you drink and take medication?
Me: No, I just want you to tell me that if I happen to have a drink or 3 on special occasions that are few and far between I will not foam at the mouth or start having seizures
Doc: That will almost certainly not happen. Like I mentioned, alcohol intensifies blah blah blah
Me: Okay, my sister's 21st birthday is in 2 weeks, I do not plan on getting drunk but I will probably have about 3 drinks and I will skip taking my pills that night. Thank you.
Doc: I should also mention that skipping a dose will most likely intensify your side effects for a few days. This medication needs to remain consistent in your system.
Me: just give me my damn prescription
I fully understand that you should not consume alcohol and take prescription medication. On the other hand, is it really realistic to think that people taking long term meds are never going to have a cocktail or two? Yeah, I don't think so. I understand that doctors can't "recommend" drinking and taking meds, but I wish they could be a little more specific. Like, if I'm just going to have tinglier hands and a drier mouth for a day or two, no problem. If I'm going to be dizzy and forget people's names then maybe just something REALLY special, like my sister's 21st b-day. If there is like a 50% chance I will foam at the mouth and pee my pants, I'll just skip it. Really, I'm not a closet alcoholic. I'm fine going
Anyways, skipping my Saturday dose went fine but I can definitely tell I am having more memory issues today.